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An exceptional heat wave is spreading across France

An exceptional heat wave is spreading across France

(Paris) 35 to 39 degrees Celsius, in some places even 40 degrees Celsius: an exceptional and early heat wave will hit France until the weekend, and the human and economic effects of a more expensive future climate.

Released at 6:36 p.m.
Updated at 8:00 p.m.

Amelie Potolier-Deboys
French Media Company

According to Mியோtéo-France, Météo-France has forecast temperatures of 34 to 36 ° C for the southwest Tuesday, with hot air coming from the MacRae via Spain, which is already suffocating. The maximum in the region during the week will be above 40 C locally.

The heat wave will be between 30 degrees Celsius and 35 degrees Celsius on Fridays and Saturdays and will reach the northern part.

A clear sign of global warming, heat waves are increasing and intensifying around the world.

Promising to be “fully mobilized”, French Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne on Tuesday announced a meeting of heads of state and regional health agencies to ensure “all equipment is in place”.

Its spokeswoman Olivia Gregory said the government would raise மில்லியன் 500 million for the “reconstruction”. “The executive, which has faced this significant, strong, early, unprecedented wave during this period,” must be vigilant and deploy measures to accelerate preparations for the effects of climate change, “he said, announcing the panel’s decision.

“We are already ready,” a spokesman for the SNCF promised, while the railways were afraid of overheating, preparing paddles and storing hundreds of thousands of bottles of water. They languish in the middle of the street in the sun in the hope that it will not be available to travelers every summer.

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The country has already experienced high exceptional temperatures in June. The full record for the mainland of France comes from June 2019, 46 ° C in the Vérargues (southern) shade but it was June 28th.

“This is the first time we’ve seen a heat wave so quickly, and for the first time in season it could reach 40 degrees Celsius,” Olivier Proust, Météo-France’s forecaster, told AFP on Tuesday.

A bad starting point for organisms. “The length of the day is longer, so the winter is shorter,” he notes, noting the effects of schools still open, which is not the case in July and August.

This heat wave comes especially after hot and dry springs, which cause drought in most parts of France, threatening crops and creating favorable conditions for fire.

36 departments have implemented water use restrictions.

“Summer of All Dangers”

While Météo-France is counting on a hot and dry summer, spokesman for the Confederation of French Firefighters Eric Procardi warned that it was “summer of all dangers”.

On Monday, Kart (South) was already hit by several major fires, with 60 bungalows burning in one of Europe’s largest camps.

Strong heat forecast is especially dangerous for the elderly, vulnerable individuals or children, but also for outdoor workers.

In Occitania, on public works sites, companies have implemented special measures such as flexible working hours, frequent breaks, and water bottles available to workers.

In cities, impenetrable surfaces store solar energy. At night, these buildings, asphalt roads and sidewalks emit heat accumulated in the air, transforming urban centers into real radiators.

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Météo-France describes this episode as a “heat wave” that corresponds to a high temperature for several consecutive days (the national temperature index should be at least 23.4 ° C during the 25.3 ° C episode, at least three days and once even 22.4 once. Should not fall below C).

But the “heat wave” limit, which takes into account the risk that day and night heat represent to people, will be reached in several sectors on Thursday.